To ask who is God, we must first answer what is love.
Our darkest night on earth is still our brightest day in Heaven, for we walk according to faith and love.
psalm 63:1 tpt
“For the Pure and Shining One King David’s song when he was exiled in the Judean wilderness
O God of my life, I’m lovesick for you in this weary wilderness.
I thirst with the deepest longings to love you more,
with cravings in my heart that can’t be described.
Such yearning grips my soul for you, my God!”
In Psalm 63, King David is inthe wilderness, fleeing from his son, Absalom, who has started a revolt and is trying to kill David, so that he will be king. When most people talk about David, it is usually surrounding four things events: 1) David and Goliath, 2) David and Saul 3) David and Bathsheba and 4) David worshiping God with such a fierceness that he danced out of his clothes. Yet, David also made mistakes as a father and that resulted in complicated relationships with his children. Make a long story short, Absalom is killed and David remains King.
I imagine that David’s time hiding from his son was exhausting and enlightening. He was probably conflicted about the relationship with his son and concerned for the rest of the family’s safety. He also faced betrayal by one of his trusted advisors, Ahitophel, who sided with Absalom in the revolt. David found himself in a place where the only “person” he could fully trust wasn’t even a human being, but a Spirit. David cried out to God, knowing that He is always near and listening.
We can liken our current experiences of living through this pandemic to the “weary wilderness” that David was in. Normal life has been interrupted and the true selfish natures of some people are being revealed. Although we know there will be an end to this pandemic, we can’t say when. And without many of life’s distractions, we too, find ourselves in quiet places where we know that God is the only hope we can be sure of.
That was a bit heavy! So, in closing, on a lighter note, know that God loves you and is desiring your affection, time and attention all the time, not just during a pandemic. He beckons us in the morning with the chirps of the birds, during the day with the whispers of the wind and at night with the shining of starts.
God did not send COVID-19, but He can work through it to bring beauty from the ashes. God sending COVID-19 “to get our attention” falls in line with “God gives and God takes away”, which is not true. If you’re interested in why I don’t believe God to be a simultaneous giver and taker, I wrote about two years ago in a post called, “Enduring“.
Rant over…have a wonderful weekend! <3
Until Weekend Wellness,